- - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Last week I heard on the news that someone had filed a suit in Arlington to have the name Jefferson Davis removed from the major highway, U.S. Route 1. I didn’t learn whether this person also wanted to remove “Lee” from Lee Highway (U.S. Route 29). However, it will only be a matter of time before this spreads to Manassas, which has a Lee Avenue, a Jackson Avenue, a Beauregard Avenue, a Mosby Street, etc. And don’t forget Stonewall Jackson High School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School.

At what point did this person become so offended by the name Jefferson Davis that he or she cannot even drive on the highway? Or is this someone looking for 15 minutes in the spotlight? Why hasn’t this person complained about the Washington Monument or the Jefferson Memorial? Both structures are named for slave owners. Jefferson loved one of his slaves so much that he had children with her.

Now, one person making a lot of noise can force his or her views on a vast number of people. To these people I say, “There is plenty of room for you in Canada.” I do not recall a huge outrage when Portland Street in Southeast Washington was renamed Malcolm X Street or when Nichols Avenue in Southeast became Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Likewise, I heard very little in the news when a black policeman shot and killed an unarmed white teenager in Mobile, Alabama. The policeman said it was self-defense. Where was Al Sharpton then?

WILLIAM L. TYLER

Manassas


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